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Enhanced Eco Dyed Example
from Beckah Krahula's Class

Big Bear Mixed Media & Art Retreats in Southern California
hosted by Soft Expressions / Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

$600 Dancing With Natures Muse
Eco-Dyeing for the Expressive Artist

Teacher: Beckah Krahula CZT

Schedule: Friday Evening, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday AM
2019: September 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17

All Inclusive: Includes Room (Friday night to Tuesday Morning) with Buy your own Dinner on Friday evening & meals provided starting with Saturday Breakfast to Tuesday AM Breakfast.

This hands-on packed workshop offers controlled chemistry combined with the serendipity process of eco-dyeing. You will be exploring 5 or more unique processes. Each technique will become a chapter (signature) in an heirloom Coptic Bound Art Book. Learn how to emboss and enhance your leather cover with botanicals. As time allows, intuitively decide if each page is frame ready art or if you want to enhance and embellish with your unique styles of Intuitive Tangling and Mixed Media techniques.

This is an excellent course to take in conjunction with the Moving Forward in Expressive Tangling with Sharla R. Hicks and Beckah Krahula (discount available when taking both retreats.) Sharla and Beckah each bring different strengths to the art of teaching intuitive tangling making them an excellent duo to help find the unique artist voice inside each of us with an emphasis on the visual vocabulary of color, design, and composition to develop a narrative and tell a story in your work.

Enhanced Eco-Dyed Leather Book Covers

eco dyed leather book cover
example of Copic Stitched Art Book to be created in class

Time line: Supply List & Map will be sent after sign up.

  • $50 Round Trip Soft Expressions Shuttle service available from Ontario Airport.(ONT) to Big Bear and back. Please make plane reservations to arrive by noon on Friday September13. If that is a problem, let us know.
    NOTE: Retrurn Shuttle on Tuesday will leave mountain at 11 or 11:30 depending on plane schedules. If possible, please make plane reservations after 2:30 pm because it can be 1.5 hour drive down the mountain to airport.
  • Commuters Registration: Arrive Friday from Noon to 3 pm. Map will be sent for directions to cabin.
  • 3:30 pm take a boat tour around Big Bear Lake and then dinner in Big Bear Village (buy your own dinner in town)
  • Return that evening to an introduction to eco-dyeing and begin your Art Book. Full day of instruction on Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
  • Tuesday Breakfast & saying good-bye to new eco-dyeing friends. OR stay over for Moving Forward Retreat that begin Wednesday afternoon (see details online or on other page of flyer. (Discount offered when taking both retreats)
  • NOTE: Shuttle will leave mountain at 11 or 11:30 depending on plane schedules. If possible, please make plane reservations after 2:30 pm because it can be 1.5 hour drive down the mountain to airport.

Introducing Beckah Krahula, Artist, Author, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 5)
Beckah Krahula’s philosophy on life has always been, “Keep creating, it will change your world.” She is a mixed media artist, award-winning and best-selling author, product designer/developer and maker, has taught in the U.S. and internationally. She’s the author of the “One Zentangle A Day,” a book that has sold over a million copies and is out in multiple languages

Beckah started practicing Zentangle in 2008 and was certified as a Zentangle teacher in 2011. Guiding her students to think and create 'outside the box' and imparting the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed are part of Beckah’s strong, surefooted teaching style offering instruction that develops intuitive art and tangling.

Her love of eco-dyeing began in her childhood at the feet her grandmother. Since the 1980’s she has continued exploring with world renowned eco-dyeing artists coming to the unique place of incorporating her chemistry and technical expertise to eco-dyeing resulting in consistent success with strong and varied eco-dyed imagery. She has developed this course for the curious intuitive artist who wishes to expand their repertoire in mixed media backgrounds and art pieces.

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Play Space at Big Bear Zenspirational Botanical Retreat
Workshop Space

Enhanced Eco-Dyed example from Beckah Krahula's Class
Eco-Dyed example
from Beckah's Class

eco dyed and mixed media by Sharla R. Hicks
Enhanced Eco-Dyed example
from Beckah Krahula's Classs

Eco-Dyed example from Beckah's Class
Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake & View from Cabin Deck
Mountain Retreat Vista at Big Bear Lake
Sunset & Clouds Rolling In Over the Mountain

Big Bear Lake Retreat, Zenspirational Botanicas, Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Mountain Retreat Back Decks

The Cabin at Big Bear Lake Retreat, Zenspirational Botanicas, Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Mountain Retreat Front Decks


  • 2 mountain cabins with individual beds in shared rooms.

  • Location is on the edge of National Forest land with quiet, open spaces.

  • Free WiFi can be sketchy so may want to use your smart phones for email and online browsing.

Extra Amenities

  • Explore Big Bear Lake with a patoon boat ride on Friday afternoon.

  • There will be a mini store with mixed media and Zentangle supplies available for purchase.

  • Sit and enjoy the zen-ambiance of early summer or fall mountain air on comfy seating on the large decks and enjoy mountain views, open forest lands.

  • Close by trails for mountain walks, hiking and other recreational activities.


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Dancing to Nature's Muse: Eco-Dyeing Retreat with Beckah Krahula in Big Bear California.
Dancing to Nature's Muse: Eco-Dyeing Retreat with Beckah Krahula in Big Bear California.
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Soft Expressions Attn: Eco-Dyeing Retreat
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Anaheim, CA 92807


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$50 ONT (Ontario Airport) Round Trip Soft Expressions Shuttle Service (1.25 hour drive): Please schedule flight to ARRIVE around or before Noon on arrival day. If possible DEPART after 2:30 PM on final day

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